The Problem with Wisdom
The Point: Wisdom is grounded in trust in God.
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Share the following story with your group as you introduce this study.
First responders in Middle Tennessee performed a water rescue after a motorist ignored “High Water” warning signs and drove through a barricade during recent flooding. The stranded motorist had to be rescued by raft. Although warning signs and barricades were posted, the motorist apparently decided not to trust or obey the provided information.
Knowledge on its own does not make us wise. In this session, we will see how wisdom is grounded in trust in God. True wisdom is not merely hearing God’s word, but trusting and obeying it.
Nikki Wilbanks is a stay-at-home mom, writer, Bible study teacher, and commercial real estate appraiser/investor. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University. She lives with her husband and two children in Murfreesboro, TN.
Use the following illustration as you wrap up your discussion of the Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 section.
These days, our ongoing pursuit of wisdom and knowledge has so absorbed our culture that we literally carry “smart” phones—devices that allow us to look up anything we want to learn about with just a few taps. We feel proud that we can become “wise” on a certain subject very quickly. But experts are concerned that our relationships with our smartphones are actually preventing us from seeking out true wisdom.
According to Nicholas Carr, a technology and culture author, “Since the dawn of the internet, scholars have worried that users would seek only information that reinforces their existing point of view. Now, thanks to Facebook, Twitter and other smartphone apps whose makers push us information that they think will appeal to us, we no longer need to search for that confirming information; it simply pours out of our phones.”
It’s human nature to seek the kind of wisdom that backs up our own agenda. But as Christians, the core of the wisdom we really need is what we get from God, through His Word—not the wisdom we seek out in this world.
Ashley Emmert is a freelance writer and full-time mama from Chicago, where she lives with her husband and her new baby boy. You can find her on Twitter at @ashgemmert, or failing to update her blog at ashleygraceemmert.blogspot.com.
- What is the wisest advice you’ve ever received?
- Who are some of the wisest people you know?
- Who are some of your favorite wise characters from books or films?
- How would you describe life “under the sun”?
- According to Solomon, how are the wise different from the foolish? How are they similar?
- How does trust in God’s wisdom bring value to your life?
- What are some things you’ve found human wisdom alone not to be able to answer?
- What are some of the best ways a person can gain wisdom in life?
- How has a pursuit of wisdom left you unsatisfied at times?
- How would you summarize Solomon’s point in these verses?
- What is the relationship between human wisdom and human sinfulness?
- What strategies have you used to pursue Godly wisdom?
Send the following link to your group members as either a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:
Here’s a brief video giving you an overview of this session: Finding Meaning, Session 3.
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